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eleemosynary

[el-uh-mos-uh-ner-ee, -moz-, el-ee-uh-] /ˌɛl əˈmɒs əˌnɛr i, -ˈmɒz-, ˌɛl i ə-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to alms, charity, or charitable donations; charitable.
2.
derived from or provided by charity.
3.
dependent on or supported by charity:
an eleemosynary educational institution.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Medieval Latin eleēmosynārius, equivalent to Late Latin eleēmosyn(a) (see alms) + Latin -ārius -ary
Related forms
noneleemosynary, adjective
uneleemosynary, adjective
Can be confused
eleemosynary, elementary (see synonym study at elementary)
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Examples for eleemosynary
  • Your question appears to arise out of some implied eleemosynary desire to lower the burdens of the government.
  • There are less eleemosynary reasons to chance a private loan.
British Dictionary definitions for eleemosynary

eleemosynary

/ˌɛlɪiːˈmɒsɪnərɪ/
adjective
1.
of, concerned with, or dependent on charity
2.
given as an act of charity
Word Origin
C17: from Church Latin eleēmosynaalms
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Contemporary definitions for eleemosynary
adjective

charitable; generous to the poor

Word Origin

Latin eleemosyna 'alms'

adjective

dependent on charity

Word Origin

Latin eleemosyna 'alms'

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Word Origin and History for eleemosynary
eleemosynary
1620, from M.L. eleemosynarius "pertaining to alms," from L.L. eleemosyna "alms," from Gk. eleemosyne "pity" (see alms).
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